Manufacturing

October 18, 2021

Boost Your Company’s Safety Culture

Safety culture is a much-discussed concept these days, but what does it actually mean? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Construction Safety & Injury Prevention Program Workbook, “a culture is an attitude that develops over time, based upon learning, personal experiences, beliefs, and upbringing; and is widely demonstrated by company staff. While adjusting...

October 4, 2021

Cal/OSHA to Expand Enforcement Authority

On Sept. 27, 2021, California adopted Senate Bill 606 (SB 606) to expand the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (Cal/OSHA) enforcement authority. Among other things, SB 606 creates a new egregious violation citation category and an assumption that violations are enterprise wide under certain circumstances. SB 606 also addresses issues with abatement, notice in...

September 28, 2021

Combating High Turnover in Manufacturing

Over the last several years, the manufacturing industry has faced significant challenges as it relates to employee turnover. In fact, the turnover rate in the manufacturing industry increased from 25.6% in 2015 to 31.3% in 2019. And, despite a global pandemic that led to layoffs and high unemployment rates, turnover has remained steady in recent...

August 16, 2021

OSHA Urges Employers to Require Vaccinated Workers to Wear Masks

The U.S. agency that regulates workplace safety issued guidance on Friday urging employers to require many fully vaccinated workers to wear masks to protect unvaccinated colleagues and customers, amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommended that workers wear masks “in areas of substantial or high community transmission,” such...

July 13, 2021

How Transportation Could Be Safer, Cleaner and Cost Efficient by 2050

A Cornell University-led research team has calculated that by the year 2050, vehicle electrification, driverless cars and ride sharing could prevent 5,500 premature deaths and save $58 billion annually, while simultaneously slashing U.S. petroleum consumption by 50% and carbon dioxide emissions by 75%. The researchers projected vehicle stocks, distance traveled, energy usage and carbon dioxide...

February 10, 2021

Recruiting in Manufacturing During COVID-19

As it has for most industries, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created talent challenges for manufacturers. The pandemic’s initial impact led to many organizations making tough choices about reducing the number of employees to keep up with financial realities. Now, manufacturers face difficulties such as recruiting talent with the necessary technical skills, and finding talent...

January 8, 2021

DOL Issues Final Rule on FLSA Independent Contractor Status

On Jan. 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule that clarifies how to determine whether a worker is an employee who is protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or an independent contractor who is exempt from it. The final rule becomes effective March 8, 2021. “Economic Reality” Test...

October 27, 2020

Manufacturing Operations Face Key Disadvantages When Returning Employees to Work

Returning to work for manufacturing operations in the United States after COVID-19 related shutdowns hasn’t been smooth sailing. According to the California Workers’ Compensation Institute, manufacturing has been the fourth most impacted industry when it comes to COVID-19 workers’ comp claims, with the sector making up 7.6% of total COVID-19 workers’ comp claims – the...

October 12, 2020

Tips for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

As school, socializing, and many aspects of life have moved online this year, it’s more important than ever that you protect your digital devices and steer clear of cybercriminals. So during National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), observed each October, the FBI and partner agencies remind you to do your part and #BeCyberSmart all year long. Now in...

September 29, 2020

Positive Impact Of COVID-19 On the Construction Industry

As we head into the latter portion of 2020, we are able to take a comprehensive look on the impact COVID-19 had in a variety of industries. Construction industry professionals—from developers to contractors, HOA Managers, Board of Directors and beyond—faced unprecedented hurdles as a result of stay-at-home mandates and other COVID-19 regulations. Closed borders and...

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